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July 24, 2014

Yes, I’m aware that we are in the midst of what has been dubbed “Rosé Season”, but I’ve started to find myself longing wistfully for my old friend RED WINE.  There are occasions for it year round, I promise, and tonight we’re tasting three great options that you should welcome into your homes this summer and beyond! Join us this evening, 6-9 pm for a tasting of three dynamic red wines that all share Grenache/Garnacha as their common denominator over cheese from ED and bread from She Wolf!

Ampeleia Unlitro, Tuscany 2013

Chill out, dude. And chill this red! Served cold, this liter bottle from Tuscany, a blend of Grenache and Mourvedre grown organically, is a great way to beat the heat. Super quaffable and happy, with ripe cherry fruit, soft acidity and a lively, lingering finish. The perfect thing to drink in the park while watching a movie with friends tomorrow night! $21

Lezaun Tinto, Navarra 2013

55% Tempranillo, 25% Garnacha, 20% Merlot… 100% awesome. All fruit is biodynamically grown in cooler climate Northern Spain, a region that in my opinion produces leaner, easier to drink reds than some of the southern counterparts. And easy to drink is a perfect way to describe Lezaun! Red berries for days, with a sprightly minerality and bright acidity for balance. We tried this wine with nachos and were pleased as punch! $12

Edra Grullas de Paso, Aragonés 2010

 Edra’s vineyard is situated on the southern skirt of the Pyrenees, on a serene bird sanctuary where migratory grullas (cranes) rest twice a year in their journey from cold northern Europe to hot northern Africa, and this wine is a noble tribute to these beautiful birds! 30% Tempranillo, 30% Garnacha, 30% Merlot, and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. Full and silky, with a comfortable dose of American oak contributing a fair amount of spice and soft tannic structure, this is a wine to take with you upstate for chilly nights, or to the bbq on while it’s still hot in the city. $21

July 17, 2014

A trip to Lake Garda

Viva Italia! Join us tonight, 6-9 pm, for a tasting of three cool summer wines from the shores of beautiful Lake Garda in Northern Italy with friend James Endicott from Acid Inc. Selections guiding the tour! We’ll start with a sparkler and a rosato from Lombardia, a wealthy and populous region with the most UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the world. Then we’ll cross the lake to visit the culturally-rich Veneto region with a refreshing chilled red. Bread from She Wolf and cheese from Eastern District will round out this perfect Italian picnic. Cin cin!

Pasini San Giovanni Lugana Brut Metodo Classico

This idyllic winery has been family run since it was founded in the 1950’s and is committed to growing traditional varietals as sustainably as possible, and creating wines representative of their region and history. Made of 100% Turbiana grapes, this enigmatic sparkler is made in the Metodo Classico style- just like in Champagne, baby.  Soft bubbles, notes of golden pears, tart stone fruit, and a richness achieved with 18+ months in the bottle make this a standout new bubbly in our hard-working fridge. Although it’s not “appropriate” sommelier behavior, nothing makes me happier than the festive pop of a cork coming out of a bottle of beautiful sparkling wine. And by all means, this is a wine worth breaking the rules for! $27

Pasini San Giovanni Il Chiaretto Valtenesi 2013

"I’ve been drinkin’… watermelon…", Beyoncé sings… but maybe she’s talking about Il Chiaretto! This special rosé is native to the Valtenesi appellation on Lake Garda, and it’s been a hit here for several summers now. A blend of Groppello, Marzemino, Barbera, and Sangiovese, this short bottle packs in a ton of character.  With it’s bright acidity, refreshing minerality, and distinctive watermelon-y finish, this sassy rosato has us pretty drunk in love, too. Flawless with watermelon-feta salad, and fish all up on your grill. $17

Lanza Bardolino 2012

I know the label’s cheesy but I stand by this wine, 100%! This light, fresh, ruby-red sipper is one of my favorite pairings with salmon, year-round.  In the summer, I like to throw it in the fridge for a bit- the chill really brings out this minerality present under the clear, candid red fruit. A blend of Corvina, Molinara, and Rondinella, all estate-grown and organic, this is a wine for all seasons, especially this one.  Lazy Sundays in the park, picnic lunches, casual get-togethers, twilight dates on the pier, laundry day- Lanza’s Bardolino is good for all of it. One of my favorite “go-to” bottles! $14

July 15, 2014

After almost 4 decades of work with vineyards in France and Italy as an importer and distributor, Kermit Lynch has gained an unmatched level of knowledge and expertise in this crazy industry.  In the last few years, he’s applied his experience and capitalized on his close relationships with growers and winemakers on a new project- consulting on wines with his very own label. 

His 2010 Cypress Cuvee Cotes du Rhone, made by Louis Barruol comes from 30+ year old vines, mostly from the red clay vineyards of the Vin Sobre appellation. 75% Syrah, 15% Grenache, and 10% Mourvedre, vinified and aged in concrete tanks, make up this classic, elegant wine, with hosts of black fruits and spicy cracked pepper notes. Burgers, steaks, eggplant parm, rainy nights, starving artists… this is a stand-out on our Rhone shelf right now, priced just right for any night of the week at $17!

July 12, 2014

We just cracked a couple bottles at Dandy! Both expressive of the Mediterranean climate of north eastern Spain.
Espelt Vailet 2012 Emporda DO (60% Garnacha Blanca and 40% Macabeo) Aromatics of tropical fruit and white flowers with a fresh and crisp experience on the palate. Are you experienced?  $15
Joana 2012 Monsant DO (70% Garnacha and 30% Merlot) 100% estate fruit farmed organically. Red berries and spice on the nose, very fresh yet full-bodied and structured on the palate. $13
Come taste!

We just cracked a couple bottles at Dandy! Both expressive of the Mediterranean climate of north eastern Spain.

Espelt Vailet 2012 Emporda DO
(60% Garnacha Blanca and 40% Macabeo)
Aromatics of tropical fruit and white flowers with a fresh and crisp experience on the palate. Are you experienced?
$15

Joana 2012 Monsant DO
(70% Garnacha and 30% Merlot)
100% estate fruit farmed organically. Red berries and spice on the nose, very fresh yet full-bodied and structured on the palate.
$13

Come taste!

July 11, 2014

TGIF

We just received this BEAUTIFUL Rosé Champagne, Beyonce just released her last record on Vinyl, and it’s the freakin’ weekend, baby! So many things to celebrate!

J. Lassalle Cuvee Spéciale Rosé Champagne, $110

OUR NEW FAVORITE THING IN THE STORE! This tastes the way that fresh baked pastries smell, the scent wafting from the bakeries in the early morning on the streets of Paris. Bready and rich, with soft red fruit… it’s just so beautiful I can hardly stand it. I suggest you find something, anything, to celebrate as soon as physically possible, because this splurge is totally worth it. You only live once, so live it up!

July 11, 2014

At 3 pm on Sunday in Rio, Germany goes up against Argentina to decide the winner of the World Cup.

At 3 pm in Greenpoint, we’ll be watching… and drinking these wines! Who will win on the field and in the glass!?!?

Caspari Riesling Trocken, Mosel 2012

This estate-bottled Riesling hails from the beautiful village of Enkirch on the banks of the Mosel River. The winery was established nearly 600 years ago by Caspar of Monchof, and remarkably it remains family operated to this day. This easy, summery sipper is dry and refreshing, and comes in a liter bottle. With that kind of bang for your buck, this 5 star Riesling is a great bottle to bring to park picnics, community garden hangs, and rooftop dance parties. $17

Nomade Torrontes, Cafayate 2012

Torrontes is an aromatic grape variety indigenous to Argentina. Nomade’s is a classic style, made from old-vine grapes grown at over 5,000 feet above sea level. Orange blossoms, melon, white peach, and jasmine are just a few things I get right off the bat from this complex and generous white, and it finishes long and bright, leaving a lasting impression. Dynamite with spicy foods! $14

July 10, 2014

Crazy BeautifulAin’t no party like a rosé party….

Join us tonight, 6-9, for a tasting of one of our most popular summer wines with Cassia from Loca Linda Winery! Jolie Folle hails from a small appelation in the Cotes de Provence. The grapes are grown on a family run estate and the wine is made by sommelier and educator Brian Smith. 60% Grenache, 40% Cinsault in an eco-friendly liter bottle… it’s bang for your buck and green to boot! Our girlfriends over at Yes Way Rosé put it best- this is SUMMER WATER! We’ll be drinkin’ it up over bread from She Wolf and cheese from Eastern District. $17

Crazy Beautiful

Ain’t no party like a rosé party….

Join us tonight, 6-9, for a tasting of one of our most popular summer wines with Cassia from Loca Linda Winery! Jolie Folle hails from a small appelation in the Cotes de Provence. The grapes are grown on a family run estate and the wine is made by sommelier and educator Brian Smith. 60% Grenache, 40% Cinsault in an eco-friendly liter bottle… it’s bang for your buck and green to boot! Our girlfriends over at Yes Way Rosé put it best- this is SUMMER WATER! We’ll be drinkin’ it up over bread from She Wolf and cheese from Eastern District. $17

July 9, 2014

New Rosé! It’s Christmas in July!

Massaya Rosé, Bekaa Valley 2013

Our rad friend Sami’s rosé is old-school and elegant, 100% Cinsault from Lebanon. $18

Tegernseerhof/Mittelbach Rosé, Wachau 2013

Citrus and strawberries, bright and satisfying, this Austrian Zweigelt rosé is hard to pronounce but easy to drink. $15

Tenuta delle Terre Nere Rosato, Etna 2013

Complex and sophisticated, made from Nerello Mascalese grown in rich volcanic soil. $21

Liquid Geography Rosado, Bullas 2013

100% Monastrell from southeast Spain, Liquid Geography is a team project between talented and venerable winemaking friends, and all profits benefit the TJ Martell Foundation, a non profit dedicated to cancer research. Delicious rosé with real heart.  $13

Les Vignobles Gueissard Cuvee Papilles,Cotes de Provence 2013

A blend of hand-harvested Grenache/Syrah/Mourvedre, with a touch of Rolle and Cinsault. Pale, dry and mineral-rich, with a touch of citrus- a true classic from a venerable producer. $15

Chateau Trinquevedel Tavel, Rhone 2013

Tavel holds the distinction of being the only AOC in France that produces only pink wine, so you know they do it right. This traditionally rich, zesty rosé has notes of cranberry and blackcurrant with a long, spicy finish. $21

July 9, 2014

Here at Dandelion Wine, we’re all about stories. More than just drinking wine, we like learning about the winemaker, the region, the essence of what’s in the bottle. We seek out under­-the­r-adar winemakers and feature wines from all of the world’s major wine regions. This fall we’re stepping beyond our storefront in Greenpoint for some firsthand research. We’re hosting a culinary tour of the Basque Country October 20­26 and we hope you’ll join us!

We’ve partnered with a boutique travel company ­ Onward Travel ­ to plan a week in the Basque Country that combines everything we love including food, wine, sweeping views and world-class art. Our home base will be San Sebastian, at a small hotel on one of Europe’s best urban beaches. We’ll explore Bilboa, a tiny fishing village Getaria, Biarritz, coastal French towns, and of course San Sebastian which is home to more bars per capita than anywhere else in Europe. We’re especially excited to enjoy the local pintxos (tapas) paired with fizzy, refreshing Txakolina wine.

Winery visits, a cooking class, a private tour at the Guggenheim, a visit to a farm that grows $350/lb peas, a San Sebastian noshing tour, Michelin star dining, Isastegi cidery visit, hiking and more will fill our week. Onward Travel has arranged for a local guide to spend most of the week with us, sharing his knowledge and translating of course, because the Basque Country has their own language and culture. It’s a vibrant and unique region that we can’t wait to explore.

We have availability for 12 guests to join us. Please email Molly at molly@onwardtravel.co for a complete itinerary and information. We hope to see you at Dandy soon and hopefully in Spain this October!

July 7, 2014

Greenpoint rooftop vibes

Greenpoint rooftop vibes